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The first Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) phone not to have an exclusive UK carrier from launch, iPhone 4 will launch there, at the same time as the U.S., on the same three UK carriers as the current 3GS model.
— O2, which carried the 3G and 3GS as exclusives until Orange and Vodafone (NYSE: VOD) got a look-in on the latter last year, is taking registrations for interest.
— Orange released only a short statement confirming its carriage.
— Vodafone has not yet issued a statement, but has reportedly confirmed it anyway.
— Update: T-Mobile, which hasn’t carried previous iPhones, says it will carry iPhone 4. Unclear if this is via its Orange merger or independently.
— Carphone Warehouse will be selling the phone on contracts from all three.
— Apple’s taking its notification registrations for June 15 pre-order and June availability, just like in the U.S.
O2 says it will offer “a limited time special upgrade offer” to its existing in-contract customers. But there’s no price for this, nor yet any price for the handset generally, which will cost $199 (16Gb) and $299 (32Gb) in the U.S.
No longer having an exclusive on the handset, O2’s announcement resorts to trumpeting its “unique history in supporting the iPhone in the UK over the past three years” and “three years